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SeaWorld is making everyone seriously mad – from a sweet five-year-old boy all the way to national nonprofit organizations.

And why, you ask? Well, of course, first and foremost because of the scathing documentary “Blackfish,” which many of us know by now revealed the true (and ugly) face of SeaWorld.

While the marine park could have came out and accepted their past wrongdoings and admitted that they provide an insufficient environment for their captive marine animals, and then turned a new leaf, they have instead chosen to attempt to “save” their billion-dollar company by painting themselves as true “animal advocates” whose captive residents somehow “benefit [the marine animals] in the wild.”

SeaWorld has also put out a Groupon, offering discounts to increase visitor numbers, which have plummeted since screenings of “Blackfish” aired nationally on CNN. The company has even created a “SeaWorld Cares” website and ran ads in an attempt to take our focus away from their treatment of orcas (and arguably, their other marine animals as well). Plus, they’ve stated they are giving their whales a “break” for the next three months for “renovations,” and while this may be true, what so many of us are wondering is why not make it permanent?

SeaWorld: we’re not buying anything you say anymore.

As OGP’s Aisling Maria Cronin pointed out in her article yesterday, “The very fact that they continue to call themselves SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. says it all. Not ‘Conservation,’ not ‘Marine Research,’ but ‘Entertainment.’ At their heart, they still believe it is acceptable to parade certain orcas and dolphins around in order to amuse human audiences and boost their profits.”

No one else is really buying SeaWorld’s act either, especially not the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), whose team was behind the first major eye-opening marine documentary, “The Cove,” which went on to win an Academy Award (and “Blackfish,” too, is now in the running!)

Just yesterday, OPS released a passionate and highly informed (yes, you can be passionate and objective) three-page long open letter in response to SeaWorld’s statement, “SeaWorld: The Truth is in Our Parks and People – An Open Letter from SeaWorld’s Animal Advocates.”

To give you just a preview of what they’ve said, check out a few of their main points below:

  • “SeaWorld no longer captures killer whales in the wild – it now has other people capture animals for them.”
  • “SeaWorld routinely separates mothers, babies, sisters, brothers and all forms of  family bonds to accommodate its performances.”
  • “SeaWorld’s barren concrete tanks are an appalling substitute for nature. Orcas, one of the ocean’s fastest mammals, can travel 60 miles a day or more in a straight line. In a tank they are forced to swim in tight circles.”
  • “Orca captivity is not a prerequisite to conducting scientific research; in fact, the captive environment often yields artificial results.”

Now, go ahead and read the rest of OPS’s amazing letter, and be sure to spread it around to show everyone that SeaWorld can no longer fool us with their PR stunts and marketing gimmicks.

Image source: Britt Reints / Flickr

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29 comments on “Oceanic Preservation Society Slams SeaWorld in Open Letter”

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4 Years Ago

The one thing that pro captivity people seem not to grasp; there were MANY anti captivity advocates prior to Blackfish. We did not all simply watch a documentary and become converts. However for those of us who have been advocates for a long time, Blackfish does reinforce prior research and studies, and it has thankfully opened many more eyes. Anyone who continues to defend marine parks including seaworld without actually watching Blackfish, A Fall From Freedom and The Cove, and doing some research of their own is doing these animals a great disservice. Make up your own mind by all means, but by all means, make sure it's your own mind.

Kimberly Mayoza Ayres
4 Years Ago

FREE Willy !

Lisa LeBlanc
4 Years Ago

While I admire the scientific community getting all righteously indignant, it shouldn't have taken the release of "Blackfish" to piss them off; they should have been front and center decades ago. There is no reason on Earth good enough to keep sentient, intelligent creatures penned up for amusement. You'd think we'd have evolved past that point by now. If SeaWorld really wants to polish up it's image and become a force for preservation of marine animals and their environment, they need to begin a program immediately that will allow these animals to be set free, and actively endorse better stewardship of the oceans. Otherwise, there should be no surprise when another human is killed by an intelligent animal driven to murder by psychosis.

Cody Hug
4 Years Ago

Educate yourself! http://seaworld.com/ourcare/Letter?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=SWF12SRC&m=1

Allison Watters
4 Years Ago

But Mary you cannot make the suggestion that due to the recent uproar that its pointless, there was a time in your life you didnt know or care about anything. appreciate the newfound intelligence. we may have long to go as a species but it does not dismiss our efforts in the present.

Kelly Fogarty
4 Years Ago

What a "joke" as mentioned.. Is that we are sitting on our electronic devices, debating with each other's beliefs...Here's a fact, my heart breaks seeing any animal big or small confined to a "box", so we can watch it flip, crawl, swim, sleep or otherwise.. How about live "clean" be conscience of what we are or are not contributing to preserving Mother Earth! You want to see the dolphins, practice keeping the waters clean and go visit them in their natural habitat... stop living in this "must see" "must have"-**right away***state of mind, instant gratification, fast food life style and go sit out in nature and wait patiently to see our earthly friends in their natural habitat! Save up and visit a rainforest, a desert, safari, ect..

Cindy Eyler
4 Years Ago

exactly!! what a joke

Mary Eddy
4 Years Ago

Done. I can't even.... If you people think anecdotes from ex trainers are facts there really isn't any hope for you at all. Sorry to say that there are REAL animal abuse situations out there like dog fighting, cirucuses, cock fighting, puppy mills, and the slaughter of snakes in Florida. Get with it. Almost no one except die hard activists cared about these whales and their rights before Blackfish. It's like supersize me or kony 2012.... It's just a fart in the wind.... Causes a big stink at first, but then quickly dissipates.

Scott Glasgow
4 Years Ago

Free Willy!!!

Melanie Wons Durst
4 Years Ago

The light dawns one message at a time. I appreciate you sharing this message, Shannon.


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